Student section

The MRes and PhD together form an integrated 4-year programme. The MRes in Modelling Biological Complexity is designed to give students a broad overview of the cutting edge research at the interface of the life and mathematical and physical sciences.

This area contains information on the course for current students and interested prospective students.  If you want to know what research topics our current students are studying, see our research area.  

In the first year, students complete an MRes.  This is an essential part of the course and provides the core skills needed for interdisciplinary research. Providing the MRes is completed successfully, students choose a research area to complete their PhD in years 2-4.

The formal part of the course is followed by a 3 year PhD research project in an internationally competitive research environment. The choice of the PhD project is delayed until completion of the MRes year during which students are deliberately exposed to a wide variety of methods and styles of collaborative research, as well as potential supervisors, before making a final choice. Students will be asked to present their proposal to the Programme Management Team, which considers both the match between student capabilities and project demands and the match between student and proposed supervisor. All students have at least two PhD supervisors, one from the mathematical/physical sciences and one from the life sciences.
Upon being granted their PhD choice, students are expected to work within their supervisors’ Department. CoMPLEX works with a range of departments and researchers across UCL. The host department has the responsibility to oversee their day-to-day requirements and provide any general administration support that the students may require. The students however remain registered to CoMPLEX, and they should consult the Admin Office if they have any queries.

Students are encouraged to enhance the experience and skills acquired during the formal teaching of the MRes year by continuing to complete the Generic and Transferable skills requirements, which is set out by the Graduate School.

MPhil to PhD Upgrade

During the 12-18 month period after commencing their PhD, students are expected to upgrade from an initial MPhil award to an intended PhD award. Full details on how to upgrade, including forms and contact details can be found in the upgrade tab.

Thesis Submission

At the three-year period, students may be in a position to submit their thesis and prepare for their viva. Again their host department and supervisors will be able to help them organise this. Students will need to ensure to correctly and timely follow UCL Registry’s procedures, which can be found in the submissions tab.

CRS Status

The procedure is for students to liaise with their supervisors (both primary and secondary), the supervisors to contact CoMPLEX (c.langridge@ucl.ac.uk) stating the length of CRS. CoMPLEX then e-mails student records. Requests for CRS have to come from the department. CRS can be requested once only and for a maximum of a year. CoMPLEX needs this info to ensure students complete within time. CRS can not be issued retrospectively. 

Interdisciplinary Research

The overriding principle of the CoMPLEX MRes/PhD is that at all stages of the programme students will interact with and obtain advice from researchers who have direct experience of collaboration between the life sciences and the mathematical/physical sciences as well as research students and post-doctoral research fellows who are at a more advanced stage of the same interdisciplinary training process.

The PhD Management Team, which oversees all PhD students, is made up equally of life scientists and mathematical/physical scientists, as well as two MRes programme directors, one from each discipline. The structure of the management team ensures that the training and direction they receive is at the leading edge of current interdisciplinary research.

Current Research

Our Research Page details the PhD projects of current CoMPLEX students. 

Regulations

All students are expected to undertake their research according to UCL's Code of Practice. Full details on this can be found here:

CoMPLEX International Research Fellowships

CoMPLEX is now accepting applications for study abroad.

Please see below for further details.

Purpose of the Scheme

The Study Abroad scheme has been set up to allow CoMPLEX students to; work at a research centre outside the UK, to enrich their research experience and help develop their scientific career. Visits to any international University or Research Centre are acceptable. Visits can be used for any laboratory, theoretical or field-based research of between one and three months.

Applicants expecting to go to US or Canadian Universities should apply for Bogue Fellowships:
 www.ucl.ac.uk/lifesciences-faculty/bogue (typical deadlines are October and April).

What support is available to any individual applicant?

Fellowship support will cover the normal student stipend, accommodation and travel costs during the time abroad. The student will usually have ‘interrupted’ status for the period of the Fellowship, effectively this extends the period of their PhD by the time taken on study abroad. CoMPLEX will extend stipend support by this amount. However, if the work is relevant enough to constitute progress on the PhD, this will be classed as study leave, and therefore no extension with regards to time or payment towards the student’s stipend will be received.

The study abroad scheme is provided by the Professor Rob Seymour Travel Bursary Fund. Students are however, strongly encouraged to also seek funds from other sources for travel abroad. The Graduate School strongly supports international study and provides guidance on funding sources: www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/international


Deadline:

The deadline is 31st October 2013, please make clear the dates of travel in your application.

How to apply:

Please ensure you apply using the Overseas Research Application form

Full and complete applications, including letters of support should be sent to Abi Espie (a.espie@ucl.ac.uk) prior to the application deadline.

Applications for the award will only be considered by CoMPLEX students who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year of PhD study in October 2013.

The next deadline for applications is Thursday, 31st October 2013. Placements must be taken up before 31st July 2014.

Selection criteria

  1. The potential for the proposed work to benefit the applicant’s research and intellectual development.
  2. The quality of the applicant.
  3. The potential for the proposed work to generate novel research with high impact.
  4. The case that the research could not be achieved within UCL.

How are decisions made?

A committee appointed by the director of CoMPLEX makes final decisions based on both the selection criteria and the availability of funds. CoMPLEX may only offer part of the funding requested.

Conditions of the award

Original receipts/invoices for all items of expenditure budgeted for (travel, accommodation etc.) must be provided by Fellows, and sent to Abi Espie, whether this be in advance of the trip (which would be preferable) or on their return. Fellowships are not available for travel to scientific meetings or to give talks. The Fellowship does not cover the cost of consumables.

After the award

On return to UCL, the student will be required to provide a short report (1-2 pages) for posting on the CoMPLEX website. The report should outline the purpose of the visit, the research undertaken and their experience of visiting another University. This must also include images from the trip.

A UCL publication fund is available, to enable open access publication of research funded by the UK Research Councils.

The RCUK Policy on Open Access was introduced in April 2013 and is managed by UCL Library Services. 

There are two routes to apply for Open Access, 'Gold' or 'Green' route.  All CoMPLEX students funded by RCUK (in part or whole) should apply via the UCL publication Fund. 

There are Guidelines that set out the different methods of complying.  To support researchers, UCL Library Services has also compiled a Publishing Guide that includes advice and tools tailored to UCL's RCUK-funded authors, enabling them to claim funds for open access charges and deposit their publications in UCL Discovery.

The following FAQs section will provide further useful information to UCL's Open Access Policies: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/publications/faqs.shtml

During the 12-18 month period after commencing the PhD, students will be expected to upgrade from an initial MPhil award to an intended PhD award. 

This upgrade procedure is overseen by the students' supervisors, and consists of an upgrade viva, and a report on their PhD studies to date.  Each host department oversees the upgrade process; it is however imperative that a member of CoMPLEX's PhD Management Team attend this upgrade.  Once a viva date is agreed students will need to contact the Admin Office who will arrange for a CoMPLEX observer to attend. Copies of the Upgrade form and Upgrade Panel Report will need to be submitted to CoMPLEX.

UCL guidelines for upgrading can be found here:

A copy of the upgrade form can be found here:

Once completed please forward the original to CoMPLEX for Dr Guy Moss to approve and sign as Head of Department.  A copy of the signed upgrade report will be returned to the host department and the original will be sent directly to student records.

A copy of the Upgrade Panel Report can be found here: 

Once fully completed please forward a copy to CoMPLEX to be kept in your student file.

Regulations

All students are expected to undertake their research according to UCL's Code of Practice. Full details on this can be found here:

Contact

Any students or supervisors with queries on any of these procedures should contact Gemma Ludbrook, in the first instance.

At the three-year period, students may be in a position to submit their thesis and prepare for their viva. Again their host department and supervisors will be able to help them organise this. Students will need to ensure to correctly and timely follow UCL Registry’s procedures, which can be found online.

An exam entry form and submission abstract both need to be returned to CoMPLEX before the student submits these to registry. These forms can be found on the Research Degree page as well as below:

Guidance and FAQs for submitting your thesis can also be found on the Research Degree web pages, and are listed below.

Regulations

All students are expected to undertake their research according to UCL's Code of Practice. Full details on this can be found here:

Contact

Any students or supervisors with queries on any of these procedures should contact Abi Espie, in the first instance.

The CoMPLEX Wiki site is administered by and for CoMPLEX students. Its purpose is to keep an informal record of journal club papers/discussion, a list of what projects students do, organise social activities, and share lecture notes and academic papers.

Please note: this section is intended for offer holders only.

R Programming Exercises

If you will be joining us in September, we recommend that you complete the R programming exercises we referred to in the pre-course information pack.

The documentation in the .zip file below will provide an introduction to R (written by Dan Stoebel).  The files will take you through a set of introductory exercises which we highly recommend you doing, if you are not already comfortable using R.

To access the files you will need to use a password, which will be provided to you via email, or by request from complex.admin@ucl.ac.uk

CoMPLEX 2013/14 Welcome Pack

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